As the term of TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar, is going to end in mid-May, the government is inviting applications for selecting a new chairman. The tenure of post is upto three years or till the age of 65 years. The government employees who are wishing to apply will take retirement from their current positions. The last date for applying is April 9.
Khullar took charge as TRAI Chairperson in 2012, when 122 2G licences were cancelled by Supreme Court of India. His first work after joining was to work on TRAI's recommendations for spectrum auction price and protect the interest of consumers from expected tariff hike. Khullar set rules for value-added services. Under the rules, telecom operators will have to take explicit consent of subscribers before activating any value-added services like mobile internet, caller tune, and entertainment alerts and if this service is activated without the consent of subscribers, operator will have to refund the money. TRAI took a series of steps to reduce tariff for landline users although, these benefits are yet to be passed on to consumers by telecom operators.
TRAI also recommended for spectrum sharing and trading, new penalty norms for telecom operators etc.
On the broadcasting front, Rahul Khullar, took over the messed up regulations of Digitisation of Cable TV from Late J S Sarma and had a tough time implementing them. Even he could not bring any structural changes in the industry to encourage digitisation as most of the regulations and tariff orders were challenged by the stake holders in the courts.